– Bill Roache
I am astounded and deeply horrified by the extraordinary events of the last twenty-four hours.
I strenuously deny the allegations and will now focus my full attention on fighting to preserve my innocence in the challenging times ahead.
I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all those people who have offered me their support and good wishes at this difficult time.
Coronation Street actor Bill Roache has vowed to fight allegations that he raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967, adding: "I am astounded and deeply horrified by the extraordinary events of the last 24 hours."
– ITV STATEMENT
Bill Roache will not be appearing in Coronation Street until legal proceedings are concluded.
Bill Roache has arrived home after being charged, saying nothing.
Lancashire Police has charged Bill Roache with two rapes, allegedly committed against a 15 year old girl in 1967.
Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, said:
– Nazir Afzal
Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Roache to be charged with two offences of rape relating to a girl, aged 15, in 1967. Mr Roache will appear at Preston Magistrates' Court on 14 May 2013.
Mr Roache has a right to a fair trial and it is therefore very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further.